Isotopic evidence of biotrophy and unusual nitrogen nutrition in soil‐dwelling Hygrophoraceae

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Halbwachs, H., Easton, G. L., Bol, R., Hobbie, E. A., Garnett, M. H., Persoh, D., Dixon, E. R., Ostle, N., Karasch, P. and Griffith, G. W. 2018. Isotopic evidence of biotrophy and unusual nitrogen nutrition in soil‐dwelling Hygrophoraceae. Environmental Microbiology. 20 (10), pp. 3573-3588. https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.14327

AuthorsHalbwachs, H., Easton, G. L., Bol, R., Hobbie, E. A., Garnett, M. H., Persoh, D., Dixon, E. R., Ostle, N., Karasch, P. and Griffith, G. W.
Abstract

Several lines of evidence suggest that the agaricoid, non‐ectomycorrhizal members of the family Hygrophoraceae (waxcaps) are biotrophic with unusual nitrogen nutrition. However, methods for the axenic culture and lab‐based study of these organisms remain to be developed, so our current knowledge is limited to field‐based investigations. Addition of nitrogen, lime or organophosphate pesticide at an experimental field site (Sourhope) suppressed fruiting of waxcap basidiocarps. Furthermore, stable isotope natural abundance in basidiocarps were unusually high in 15N and low in 13C, the latter consistent with mycorrhizal nutritional status. Similar patterns were found in waxcap basidiocarps from diverse habitats across four continents. Additional data from 14C analysis of basidiocarps and 13C pulse label experiments suggest that these fungi are not saprotrophs but rather biotrophic endophytes and possibly mycorrhizal. The consistently high but variable δ15N values (10–20‰) of basidiocarps further indicate that N acquisition or processing differ from other fungi; we suggest that N may be derived from acquisition of N via soil fauna high in the food chain.

Year of Publication2018
JournalEnvironmental Microbiology
Journal citation20 (10), pp. 3573-3588
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.14327
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderNational Environmental Research Council
Publisher's version
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online13 Aug 2018
Publication process dates
Accepted14 Jun 2018
PublisherWiley
ISSN1462-2912

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